Originally published in the 30th Anniversary Issue of SNOWBOARDER Magazine, Mountain GOATS celebrates the most influential snowboarders of the last thirty years (1987-2017), otherwise known as the Greatest Of All Time list. With over 70 men and women riding into the ranks of the Mountain GOATS, check back as we release their bios and celebrated accolades over the course of the next few weeks!
Mountain Goat: Devun Walsh
For over two decades, Devun Walsh has been setting standards in one of snowboarding's most celebrated arenas, the wilderness of British Columbia. Having pioneered countless zones for seasons upon seasons, Devun still remains reigning royalty of the Whistler 'cunch. And so, his classic style in the backcountry is iconic, burned into the collective snowboarding consciousness through a litany of video parts that span from vintage Mack Dawg to 2016's Wildcats Never Die.
Walsh is the archetype of a true snowboarding legend—a snowboarder by which others are measured. And he's still out there sending. While Devun has spent his career sussing out steeps all over the world, it is in the seemingly limitless bounds of his BC backyard that has defined much of his powder-pilfering legacy. In the late nineties, Walsh was a member of the intrepid Forum 8, one of the most emblematic teams in snowboarding and a posse so loaded with raw talent that standing out among these greats was an accomplishment in itself. Of course, Devun did more than stand out. He delivered. Video parts in classic films like Destroyer, Simple Pleasures, Technical Difficulties, True Life, Decade, and many more cemented Devun as a big mountain icon, a purveyor of flawless style defined by switch back ones off cliffs and first-try landings.
While Devun's snowboarding is stoic, off hill he and the rest of the Wildcats crew long-defined a particular spirit of give-no-fucks and give-'em-hell Canadian snowboarding that was as rambunctious in the Whistler village as it was smooth in the surrounding backcountry. It's a testament to the lasting power of this ethos that in 2016, ten years after their previous cinematic offering, this band of Canucks released Wildcats Never Die, in which both the riding and the aprés was as rowdy as ever. In 2017, Devun's name is synonymous with slow, floaty spins—proof positive that regardless of the current barrage of triples and quads, a massive back one always has a venerated place in snowboarding's heritage.
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